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September 23, 2014
Ed Frawley and Greg Van Curen Demo E-collars on Themselves

Ed Frawley and Greg Van Curen Demo E-Collars on Themselves

There are a number of myths surrounding the use of electric or remote collars. We have filmed and produced a series of interviews with Ed Frawley and Greg Van Curen with the goal of explaining and hopefully dispelling some of these myths. We chose this funny video as the first in this series of interviews to be released. Throughout this video, Ed and Greg discuss the importance of e-collar awareness. E-collars continue to get a bad rap from people who are uneducated and lack experience as dog trainers. The responsibility lies on experienced dog trainers to help educate people on the proper uses of these tools.

E-Collar Technologies was founded in 2011 and is quickly becoming the leader in the e-collar industry. By focusing their collars and recommended training systems around low level stimulation and proper conditioning, they have become the go-to collar for many professional dog trainers in the United States and around the globe. The advances in their “blunt stimulation,” as well as devices like the Stimulation Reducer, have propelled them to the forefront of the low-level stimulation revolution that is taking place in the dog training community.

One of the first myths surrounding e-collars is that they are meant to inflict pain, but in reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Through the low-level stimulation methods being used today, the Educator Brand collars that are produced by E-Collar Technologies have transitioned them from a correction device into a communication device. While the ability for perfect timing, communication systems, blunt stimulation, and other aspects of this process will be the focal point of future videos, it is important to keep that fact in the back of your mind while watching this funny video of Ed and Greg wearing e-collars.

Although this video is meant to be funny, there is a very serious reason why the video was produced. We welcome you to watch the video and laugh as Ed and Greg joke around with e-collars on each other’s necks, but it is our goal through this, as well as several future videos, to dispel the myths surrounding these tools. Hopefully we can also shed some light on the proper use of an e-collar, because when used properly, e-collars can be one of the most useful and humane tools in any trainer’s toolbox.

At the end of this video, Ed offers a challenge to any dog trainers out there who current train using e-collars. As trainers, it is our responsibility to be fair to our dogs, and we do not recommend using an e-collar unless you first test one on yourself. For that reason, we would like to extend the following challenge to all dog trainers.

Put an Educator E-Collar on yourself and film a video of your reactions to the stimulation. We then encourage you to upload that video to any social media site. While I am sure some of these videos will be hilarious, the goal here is to prove to the world that not only are e-collars not painful, but that they are also a fair and humane training tool. We welcome you to tag Leerburg, as well as E-Collar Technologies, in your videos. We can't wait to see them!

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Question: I live in an apartment and my new puppy is obsessed with my cat, can you help?

I am writing to you rather spur of the moment here. I have not looked too much at your website as I don't have a ton of time to do much more research on this matter. I've read a lot of Cesar Milan books/online articles and I've watched some of his DVDs. I know the basics on how to be a pack leader but I am finding it harder to put into practice with a 3 month old puppy than I thought...

I got my dog at 12 weeks of age, he is a small shepard/husky mix (13 lbs at 3.5 months). This is the first dog of my very own, I grew up with family dogs but my parents were the caregivers. I live in a 1 bedroom apartment with my 7 year old orange tabby cat who is rather large (13 lbs). He is front de-clawed, as I used to have a pet rabbit (passed away a couple months ago at 9 years of age) and didn't want him to accidentally harm the rabbit. My apartment is not tiny (775 sqr feet) but I don't have a house to work with. I am a grad student so I have a flexible schedule but I'm studying for a big exam over the next month so I am rather stressed/busy. But I love this dog and I am committed to making it work... but I need help/advice on my specific situation.

My dog is OBSESSED with my cat. My cat has no fear. He has successfully lived with a dog before (roommate's dog). My cat will play with the dog to an extent but the dog doesn't know that "no means no" when kitty is done playing. Often he will chase the cat around too. What worries me is that my cat just lays on the floor and lets the dog mouth his neck. Like I said "no fear."

I have tried keeping the dog on leash in the house but he doesn't respond to me when I scold him. I pull him back swiftly and say no and he just goes right back at it. The second I turn away he does it again. I do the "hold him down" thing with my hand as a "mouth" and he gets up and does it again after I let go. He is much better when tired and they do coexist peacefully from time to time. The dog is never mean, just playful. I don't want to keep him in the crate while I am home unless I am sleeping (he is good at bedtime...sometimes) because he freaks out really, really bad when in the crate. I don't respond to his freaking out but... I have neighbors.

My dad keeps telling me he is a puppy and will calm down and will respond better when he is a little older... I am just not sure how to handle him and what is best. I'd like a situation specific guide on what to do.

Please help!

Cindy's Response:


Puppies need to be shown what we expect from them, and it can be a bit challenging.  Scolding doesn't work because your puppy is behaving exactly like puppies do. He doesn't know what your rules are yet. You need to manage the environement and spend time building a relationship away from distractions first. I'd highly recommend our 2 puppy videos, Your Puppy 8 Weeks to 8 Months and Living with Your Puppy~Establishing Pack Structure.

I completely disagree with holding a dog down or using a hand to "bite" the dog. While this may work for Cesar on TV, the only thing that comes out of it for most dog owners is that it erodes the relationship between dog and owner. It's also supremely unfair to do this to a puppy who is only behaving the way puppies are programmed to behave. I don't want to bully my puppy into doing as I ask, I want him to WANT to pay attention to me and do as I ask. I find it much easier to control my puppy's environment, work on basics away from distractions and gradually introduce distractions as the puppy becomes more educated in my expectations.

we use an ex-pen, crate and leash at all times in the beginning.  I'd also recommend managing the cat's environment too, until you have a better communication system in place with your pup. Here is an article about dogs/cats.

I hope this gives you a place to start.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Puppies.

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I just found your site and you have a lot of great information here. One suggestion I wanted to add for breaking up a dog fight at home is something I'd thought of after the last fight and finally had to test my idea out in another fight the other day. What I had done was emptied out one of those large heavy duty storage opaque storage totes and kept it handy to shut down over the smaller more aggressive dog, a pit bull mix. I had to sit on the box and hold her down in there till she chilled out and I was lucky to have someone else to get the other dog shut into another room in the meantime. Anyway, if you think this could be helpful for others feel free to share it. I was happy to learn about the tips you mentioned and especially the fire extinguisher idea. Thank you again!


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